In the Heart of the Arctics, Nichols Senn – First Edition 1907

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In the Heart of the Arctics, Senn, Nichols. Published by W. B. Conkey & Co., Chicago, 1907. First American Edition.  8vo up to 9½” tall. 336 pages. Frontispiece (Commander Peary on the Eric).  74 black and white illustrations depicting a wide canvass of Arctic life. Small handwritten card pasted to free endpaper: Mrs. M. Senn 532 Dearborn Ave. Aurelia Millhouser Senn was wife of Nichols Senn; the Dearborn address was their place of residence at time of printing. Book dealer pencil notes to free endpaper (likely contemporaneous) indicates this label is of Senn’s widow.

Dark green boards with gilt titles spine and gilt titles and illustrations front; beveled edges; top edge gilt; green and white endpapers with small circular illustrations of arctic life.   Boards are in near fine condition and gilt remains bright. Contents are fine without marks, tears or folds with one small crack to back hinge; all pages firmly secured.

Dr Senn was a passenger on the supply ship Erik which accompanied the Roosevelt, Commander Peary’s vessel to Etah, Greenland, summer of 1905. Penn covers a wide variety of topics of including: The Polar Region as a Summer Health Resort for Patients Afflicted with Pulmonary Tuberculosis; Short Life of Greenland’s Flora; Arrival of the “Roosevelt” and, Commander Peary; The Smith Sound Eskimos; The Walrus.

Nicholas Senn (1844 – 1908) was an American surgeon, instructor, medical researcher, author, and founder of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He served as the president of the American Medical Association in 1897–98 and as chief surgeon of the Sixth Army Corps in 1898, seeing service in Cuba during the Spanish–American War. When he died, the Milwaukee Sentinel stated that he was the “foremost surgeon of the world, the plumed knight of medicine and the American Socrates”.  002680         $200


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